Carli Lloyd's 55-yard field goal at Philadelphia Eagles camp last month didn't just make waves on the social media. It garnered serious attention from front offices around the NFL.
Several organizations reportedly offered to have the U.S. women's soccer legend become a part of their roster and kick in a preseason game. Lloyd expressed interest in the potential opportunity, which has sparked some debate about whether a team should go through with signing the 37-year-old.
Mark Tom Brady down as one of Lloyd's supporters. The Patriots quarterback said Tuesday on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show" he believes Lloyd should be given a chance if general managers believe she'll give their team a chance to win games.
"I think if you're good enough to do it and teams wanted to explore that then everyone should have an opportunity," Brady said. "It's a very highly competitive game and it's hard to find good players. It's hard to find good quarterbacks. It's hard to find good coaches. It's hard to find good linebackers. It's certainly hard to find good kickers.
"It's kind of, in a lot of ways, survival of the fittest. It goes back to a very archaic way, but football is a very difficult sport and because there's a limited roster size you do give everyone a chance to make the team. It's a challenging camp, challenging offseason and then the coach decides, or the owner decides, or the general manager decides who makes it and who doesn't. Everyone is trying to win games. The NFL is a very competitive landscape. I believe that the owners try to put the best people on the field in order to give their teams the best chance to win."
That's the kind of answer one should expect from a six-time Super Bowl champion entering his 20th NFL season. As long as it helps the team, what's the issue?
Lloyd has made it clear she won't be blazing any trails at least until she retires from the other football, so the front offices interested in her services will have to wait a while. The two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion has the 2020 Summer Olympics to focus on before she makes any new commitments.
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